The operation lasted 20 hours, it had involved 45 doctors.
In Boston, Massachusetts, held the first patient surgery secondary face transplant.
Carmen Blandin Tarleton of new Hampshire, whose face was disfigured in an attack by her former husband, became the first American woman and only the second person in the world who have undergone such a procedure.
Transplant from an anonymous donor was performed at the hospital Brigham and Women’s, under the direction of Dr. Bogdan Pomachaca. The operation lasted 20 hours. A team of 45 doctors removed the damaged graft prepared sensitive nerves and blood vessels in the neck for the surgery, then was transplanted to the face. In the coming months, Tarleton will be able to restore sensory and motor function of his face.
“If you look at the majority of transplant operations, you will find that the shelf life is limited,” said plastic surgeon of Cleveland clinic Brian Gastman, who spent the woman last two transplants of the face.
Six years ago, Tarleton was already doing a face transplant, but last year she started the rejection of the scars and black spots, chest tightness and pain due to the outflow of blood from her face, eyelids clenched, his lips began to lose shape, which was difficult to eat. She couldn’t leave the house and resumed taking strong painkillers.
Unlike her first transplant, this time the donor had a more suitable fabric. Due to her previous injuries before the first transplantation, 98% of the donors were incompatible.
It is expected that 52-year-old former nurse will be back to your normal lifestyle.
In 2007, Tarleton suffered burns over 80% of his body and was blinded when her ex-husband, Herbert Rodgers, beat her with a baseball bat and doused her body with lye. He thought she was seeing another man. In 2009, Rogers made a deal with the investigation and pleaded guilty to maiming Tarleton in exchange for a prison term of not less than 30 years. He died in prison in 2017.
More than 40 patients worldwide have undergone face transplant, including 16 in the United States. To Tarleton, none of the American patients lost donor face.
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